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Samuel Shankland vs Erwin L'Ami
Tata Steel Challengers (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-24
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bishop Check line (C58)  ·  1-0

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Jan-24-15
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  Penguincw: Ooh. L'Ami started out an undefeated +2 after 5 rounds, but has since been a winless -3. At least all his losses were with black...

Meanwhile, Shankland extends his run to 70+ games with just one loss (that's what I heard, don't quote me on it).

Jan-24-15
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  Gilmoy: This Two Knights line with <8.Bd3> is like asking Black to gambit a pawn. White's most annoying response is to ... drop back and play positionally.

Admittedly, after <13.d3 14..Bb7> it looks like Black is having the fun. Maybe that's part of White's dastardly meta-game: he <forces> (ahem) Black to pursue a sacrificial attack when Black wasn't in the mood.

Or maybe with <3..Nf6> Black <was> in the mood, and just overcooked the attack. <19..Rg6 22..Qg5 23..f4> sure looks strong, but maybe not worth two pawns.

Aug-03-15  RandomVisitor: After 7...bxc6: <Rybka4.1>

<[+0.17] d=30 8.Bd3 Nd5 9.Nf3 Bd6 10.OľO Nf4 11.Nc3> Nxd3 12.cxd3 OľO 13.Ne4 c5 14.b3 Ba6 15.Re1 f6 16.Ba3 Bxd3 17.Nxc5 Bxc5 18.Bxc5 Rf7 19.Rc1 Nb7 20.Re3 Nxc5 21.Rxc5 a5 22.Qc1 Rd7 23.h3

Aug-03-15  RandomVisitor: After 12...c5:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

+0.43/16 13.Bb5 Bb7 14.d3 Nc6 15.Ne4 Nd4 16.Nxd4 cxd4

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